MoodLight

MoodLight is a playful system that uses ambient colored light to provide feedback regarding an individual’s current stress levels, encouraging reflection and non-judgmental self-awareness.

Recognized stress management techniques include cultivating mindfulness, breathing exercises, and meditation. While these approaches have been shown to mitigate the negative effects of stress, they can be difficult to learn or consistently apply. To address this challenge, we developed MoodLight, a playful system that uses ambient colored light to provide feedback regarding an individual’s current stress levels.

The MoodLight system explores the potential of an interactive system to facilitate reflective mental health practices. Electro-dermal activity (EDA) sensors read biometric data about an individual’s current arousal level; this information is fed into an interactive lighting system; and fluctuations in arousal level are interpreted as changing colored light.

One of our key interests in running a recent design probe was to explore the possibility of supporting healthy social interactions about stress management through the deployment of technology rather than in spite of it. Our study included a number of opportunities to observe social interactions about, through and as a result of using MoodLight.